Stephen Tripodi

Doctoral Program Director, Associate Director of Institute for Justice Research & Development, Associate Professor
Stephen Tripodi

Contact Information

Office Location
University Center C2311
(850) 645-1572
Resume / CV


  • Ph.D., 2007, The University of Texas; Social Work
  • M.S.S.W., 2000, The University of Texas; Social Work
  • B.A., 1997, Michigan State University; Psychology


Tripodi, S. J., Mennicke, A. M., McCarter, S. A., & Ropes, K. (2019). Evaluating Seeking Safety for women in prison: An RCT. Research on Social Work Practice29, 281-290. doi:10.1177/1049731517706550

Tripodi, S. J., Pettus-Davis, C., Bender, K., Fitzgerald, M., Renn, T., & Kennedy, S. C. (2019). Pathways to recidivism for women released from prison: A mediated model of abuse, mental health issues, and substance use. Criminal Justice and Behavior46, 1219-1236.

Prost, S. G., Tripodi, S. J., & Lacasse, J. R. (2019). The quality of life perception gap in prison health care settings: Rater disparities among incarcerated patients and peer caregivers. Quality of Life Researchonline, 1-18. doi:10.1007/s11482-019-09732-1

Pettus-Davis, C., Veeh, C., Davis, M., & Tripodi, S. J. (2018). Gender differences in experiences of social support among men and women releasing from prison. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1161-1182. doi:10.1177/0265407517705492

Schelbe, L., Hardwick, A., Wilfong, A. N., Hanifin, C., Tripodi, S. J., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2018). Incarcerated women's experiences and perceptions of participating in research. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology62, 3797-3814.

Rakes, S., Prost, S. G., & Tripodi, S. J. (2018). Recidivism among older adults: Correlates of prison re-reentry. Justice Policy Journal15, 1-15.

Kennedy, S. C., Mennicke, A., Feely, M., & Tripodi, S. J. (2018). The relationship between interpersonal victimization and women's criminal sentencing: A latent class analysis. Women & Criminal Justice28, 212-232.

King, E. A., Tripodi, S. J., & Veeh, C. A. (2018). The relationship between severe mental disorders and recidivism in a sample of women released from prison. Psychiatric Quarterly89, 717-731. doi:10.1007/s11126-018-9572-9

Kennedy, S., Kim, J. S., Tripodi, S. J., Brown, S. M., & Gawdy, G. (2016). Does parent-child interaction therapy reduce future physical abuse?: A meta-analysis. Research on Social Work Practice, 1417-156. doi:10.1177/1049731514543024

Kennedy, S., & Tripodi, S. J. (2016). The death penalty attitudes of social work students: Current and future opportunities. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 201-233. doi:10.1080/1936928X.2015.1100570

Veeh, C., Tripodi, S. J., Pettus-Davis, C., & Scheyett, A. (2016). The interaction of serious mental disorder and race to time to reincarceration. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 1-7. doi:

Tripodi, S. J., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2013). Histories of childhood victimization and subsequent mental health problems, substance use, and sexual victimization for a sample of incarcerated women in the US. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry36, 30-40. doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2012.11.005


2019 - 22   Co-Principal Investigator. Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial of Comprehensive Trauma Informed Reentry Services for Moderate to High Risk Youth Releasing from State Prison. National Institute of Justice. ($1,197,172); Co-PIs: Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis and Dr. Tanya Renn.    

2019 – 21    Co-Principal Investigator. Skills Training and Affective Regulation Intervention -- Pilot Trauma Treatment for Men and Women Releasing from Jail; Seminole County, Florida. Seminole County Jail. ($150,000). Co-PIs: Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis and Dr. Tanya Renn.  

2018 – 26    Co-Principal Investigator. A Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Communities and Interactive Journaling Substance Use Disorder Treatments: Research on Reductions in Recidivism and Social Spending. Arnold Ventures ($480,624). Co-PI: Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis. Co-I: Dr. Tanya Renn 

2018 – 26    Co-Investigator. Multistate Randomized Controlled Trial of the 5 Key Model for Reentry. Charles Koch Foundation ($7,500,000). PI: Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis. Co-I: Dr. Tanya Renn.  

Tripodi, S. J. (Principal Investigator). Pilot Study of a Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Incarcerated Women. Funded by Florida State University Council of Research and Creativity. Total award $13,000. 2014-2015.

Tripodi, S.J. (Principal Investigator).  Pathways to Recidivism among Women Prisoners with Histories of Victimization: Implications for Assessment, Transition Planning and Reentry. Advanced Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, National Institute of Mental Health Funded Project ($100,000). 2010-2012.